Episodic, Unstable, Nominal? The Rise (and Fall) of Democratic Legitimation in International and Transnational Rule-Making

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Drawing on a set of studies undertaken over the past years, I use this paper to compare and reflect upon the role which democratic norms play in the legitimation of transnational and intergovernmental governance. Descriptively, I argue that democratic norms have, in general, been on the rise in transnational as well as in intergovernmental governance. Yet the dynamics that gave rise to democratic norms and the roles these norms have come to play differ significantly across contexts as well as over time. In the second part of the paper, I reflect upon how we can best make sense of the context-sensitive rise (and fall) of a democratic legitimation narrative in global governance. Drawing on different perspectives in contemporary social theory, I argue that the rise of democratic legitimation norms we can observe is episodic rather than linear, precarious rather than stable and reformist rather than radical. In normative terms, then, the rise of democratic legitimation norms oscillates somewhat uncomfortably between democratic potential and post-democratic practice.

Authors Dingwerth, Klaus
Projects Dingwerth, Klaus & Weise, Tobias (2010) Von der internationalen Politik zum globalen Regieren: Der Wandel der Governance-Norm [fundamental research project] Official URL
Language English
Subjects social sciences
political science
Institute/School SEPS - School of Economics and Political Science
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
HSG Profile Area SEPS - Global Democratic Governance
Date 14 September 2017
Event Title 11th Pan-European Conference on International Relations “The Politics of International Studies in an Age of Crises”
Event Location Barcelona, Spain
Event Dates 13-16 September 2017
Depositing User Prof. Dr. Klaus Dingwerth
Date Deposited 19 Sep 2017 10:20
Last Modified 17 Jan 2018 15:27
URI: https://www.alexandria.unisg.ch/publications/251768

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Dingwerth, Klaus: Episodic, Unstable, Nominal? The Rise (and Fall) of Democratic Legitimation in International and Transnational Rule-Making. 2017. - 11th Pan-European Conference on International Relations “The Politics of International Studies in an Age of Crises”. - Barcelona, Spain.

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